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FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 8:00am PST
are getting them, despite the obama administration's new health care law, one of the main goals of which was to stem the rapid rise of insurance costs for consumers peter dec has more. >> reporter: dave jones, the california commissioner, says that rates are going up because of what he calls a huge loophole in the affordable care act, more commonly known as obamacare. it says that insurance companies cannot raise premiums more than 10%, unless it's approved by a rate review program. but in california, anthem blue cross says they want to raise premiums 26% for some policy holders. aetna wants to raise them 22% and blue sheefld california wants to raise them 20%. you see, california cannot forbid insurers from jacking their rates up of the the folks who will be most hurt are the one who is buy coverage on their own and don't get it through work because people covered by employer-based policies are only looking at a 4% increase in their rates. the reason these companies are able to raise their premium this is much is because health insurance for them -- health care for them -- is stil
CSPAN
Jan 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
learn how to win. the obama administration has is health reform but they forgot the truman lesson. they let it go. they let the enemies of the legislature define the legislature, define the bill so it became a rather unpopular bill. we know from the public opinion polls that almost every piece of the bill is very popular but people don't know these pieces of the bill so you ask them do you want to stop pre-existing condition clauses and health insurance? yeah, 60, 70, 80%. do you like obamacare? no. piece after piece. endeavor argument, and we can see this from president to president, is health care is so complicated you have to explain it in simple terms that the public understands. presidents that fail to do that get punished. the huge anomaly of the obama administration is that they gaveled through congress, they won the legislation, but they failed to explain it on terms of people understand. the end of getting away with it as it turns out that a very high cost of the legislation itself. we are still battling about it, and about its implementation. learn how to lose coming and when
MSNBC
Jan 6, 2013 4:00am PST
obama administration is responsible for most of our debt. >> absolutely they are. >> indeed. we helped get rid of a lot of that -- >> common ground. >> you don't hold people who are suffering hostage. not the right way to go. >> thank you, we appreciate you both. up next, michele bachmann trying to do something that failed the previous 33 times attempted. that's next in "the side show." if you want to follow me on twitter, you just need to figure out how to spell smerkonish. chatted, chewed, ...yellowed. and over all those years, your teeth...have yellowed. fact is, if you're not whitening, you're yellowing. crest 3d white whitestrips remove over ten years of stains by going below the enamel surface. and, they whiten 25 times better than a leading whitening toothpaste. crest whitestrips. life opens up when you do. hi victor! mom? i know you got to go in a minute but this is a real quick meal, that's perfect for two! campbell's chunky beef with country vegetables, poured over rice! [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right. poured over rice! i've always had
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 12:00pm PST
obama administration. >> the problem with that strategy is that we have a very sluggish economy and if they are seen as obstructionist, the president's going to be able to blame the failure of the economy on them and in 2014 they're going to lose the house and he's going to be able to go ahead with his-- >> but, mary, the president is saying, as he is, any spending cuts have to be accompanied with more tax increases and the republicans don't want to vote for another tax increase because it will hurt the economy and you agree with that, how do we avoid gridlock. >> i'm not saying he they shouldn't try to block them. i'm saying they shouldn't let themselves as being painted as the problem and sitting there trying, all this have rhetoric about how the only thing they want to do is destroy the president. they have to get the facts out there in front of people to show them that. this is not about them being obstructionist, this is about them trying to save the united states from becoming greece, or argentina. >> well, steve, briefly, how important is the revolt, the conservative revolt agai
PBS
Jan 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
big step forward, under the clinton administration and then under the first year of the obama administration. and each time the senate killed it. >> yeah. but the key thing there is that each time both the clinton administration and the obama administration tried to do this it was essentially a top-down, inside the beltway strategy. we are going after and trying to cajole and convince and persuade the members of the senate and the house to pass this legislation without first engaging the broad public and building a citizens movement, a issue public as i talked about before that was actually demanding change. because in the end politicians care about their job. and if they don't feel like there's a political price to pay for opposing action on climate change or alternatively a political opportunity to be had by being a leader on this issue, it's very easy for them to say, "you know what? i've got a lot of other things here on my plate to deal with. i've got lots of lobbyists coming into my office as well as people back home saying, 'do this, do that, do this.' and it's not clim
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 1:00pm PST
confirmation and big fight for the obama administration to get him through. there are bipartisan concerns over his stances on israel, over his weak stance on iran over the fact that he wants to recognize hezbollah as a state. the fact that he has made comments regarding hamas, we need to talk to hamas. what is interesting how quiet senate democrats are. chuck schumer, avid pro israel senator, chairman robert menendez dez, you don't hear from anything from him. you are going to hear a number of democrats that are not going to come to this and republicans are going to be asking hard questions. >> jamie: what about from a defense point of view. the questions that are being asked about his ability to manage the pentagon. it's a huge task. in a way it seems a shame that leon panetta would have to leave right now as we're making plans to withdraw from afghanistan and facing challenges with iran and other countries. what is it that chuck hagel have been doing specifically that prepares him for that? >> remember, before he was in the senate he was successful business person. he is someone that has a l
CSPAN
Jan 6, 2013 12:40am EST
president obama's liberal policies, has been one of the harshest administrations toward whistle- blowers. >> this is interesting. it is certainly true that the obama administration has been among the harshest on an external whistle-blowers. however, the obama administration has been -- especially this new administration which managed to cram through a whistle-blower protection act and expand it for government whistleblowers, is offering protections they have not had for decades. so he wants them, whistle- blowers, to be able to work without retaliation within the system. he is very much opposed to information being released willy-nilly by people inside that just ended all over the world. we interviewed assange right after the wikileaks issue, he believes that all information should be there, regardless of the possibility of innocent victims. he is a person who believes that, no matter what the consequences are, the information should be out there. a lot of the wikileaks stuff was pretty niggly stuff, people having affairs or whatever. some of it was big stuff, for sure. some of it was im
CSPAN
Jan 6, 2013 9:00am EST
citizens deserve on the other. knowing this history really puts the obama administration's success in the an extraordinary light. everybody tried it, everybody failed. to some extent or another, there have been some successes -- mainly from republicans. there have been some successes, but this was really an extraordinary achievement. and our book kind of gives the story of each president and how they tried to win national health insurance. we had a hypothesis, as we say in the social sciences. we had a hypothesis. health care is the one area that all presidents know. they tend to be a very sickly bunch. president by president, you'd be surprised how many health care problems they had. john f. kennedy got the last rites of the catholic church four times as an adult. one scene, his father weeping by his hospital bed as the priest performs the last rites of the church. this is just a few years before he runs for president. so our hypothesis, these are men who understand health and illnesses. by the way, they're so sickly because secrecy is more important than good health care. so they are, t
MSNBC
Jan 6, 2013 12:00pm PST
. some numbers are reported being considered by the obama administration are 3,000, 6,000 and 9,000. those are considerably smaller levels than the numbers that were proposed by general john allen who is the head commander here in afghanistan for the u.s. forces. he suggested that the troop level should be 6,000 to 20,000. the thinking is if there is a smaller contingent they will assume more of a nimble and more specialops type of deal. if there is a larger contention then they will assume more conventional roles. now, a lot of this may hinge on this notion of immunity. president karzai will have to decide if he will grant immunity for whatever troops remain here. that would give legal protection for troops based here in the event that they break local laws. that is a big deal because when the u.s. decided to withdraw from iraq it decided to leave no troops because the iraqi government decided not to give immunity. there are a lot of questions on whether that will happen and there is a lot of concern on the streets. some afghans welcome the idea of a smaller foreign foot print but
CSPAN
Jan 6, 2013 8:15am EST
regulations governing those industries. when the obama administration is adding hundreds of regulations every month -- particularly with health care industry, the environmental situation -- but i don't see any, any coming off of anybody whether it be health care interest or industry in general. >> guest: well, look, there are a lot of regulations out there. there are also a lot of bad regulations out there, and i'm not suggesting that all forms of regulation are good. but i do think that it's very clear that, for example, some industries like the big oil and gas company have had benefits in terms of tax breaks. there has been an effort to push back on climate regulation whether it's carbon tax or a movement towards global agreements on climate. there have been efforts to pursue certain kinds of regulatory approaches that are more been official to businesses than others such as promoting free trade agreements without equally, intensively promoting the enforcement of trade laws and so forth. and so it's not whether this is regulation or not or -- whether there's regulation or
ABC
Jan 6, 2013 4:00am PST
to take on the nra by the obama administration. >> plus, the search for a missing fashion executive and his wife. vittoria missoni vanished when a small plane carrying six people disappeared off the coast of venezuela. that should be familiar if you shop at target. >> a lot get obsessed with target when they teamed up with target. in terms of college football, the championship game, notre dame against 'bama. >> our josh elliott is in miami covering the hope up to tomorrow night's game. don't confuse the red for being an 'bama fan. >> going with the irish. josh looks happy being on the beach as opposed to in the frigid northeast. a lot of news breaking overnight, and, of course, for that we turn to mr. ron claiborne. >> faris and harris. >>> aurora, colorado, still reeling. four people killed including an armed suspect killed in a shootout with the police s.w.a.t. team. clayton sandell has the story. >> reporter: the first shots rang out in the dead of night at 3:00 a.m., a woman came running from this town home telling people three people inside were shot. police told neighbors to s
FOX Business
Jan 5, 2013 9:00pm EST
say obama is the worst ever. the obama administration. john: he has rejected more freedom of information act requests than bush. >> also proecuted more whistle-blowers including as simply because they blew the whistle on software boondoggles and someone. obama is the worst threat comes to transparency ever. we know from their behavior is their hiding things that desperately don't want us to seek. now, -- john: maybe you're a busy body, the political enemy in the dow whatou'd have this stuff. i don't blamethem. >> i'm paying for the microphone. i didn't ask whether they wanted me to see it. these in my records unless the burden is on them and they can provide can't. what they're doing is telling us things that aren't true, finding it increasingly according to their e-mails. john: the e-mails told us about solyndra and the people who gave money who were getting it back. >> you wanted it, needed it, they don't want us to see what's going on until a carbon tax is enacd, for example. john: the apartment of justice was running an activist website, real climate. were all going to di
MSNBC
Jan 6, 2013 9:00am PST
right now. reportedly, the obama administration is right now considering troop levels to be 3,000, 6,000, or 9,000. those numbers are considerably smaller than those numbers suggested by the head of u.s. forces in afghanistan, general john allen. he suggested that troop leflds would levels should be 6,000 to 20,000. the thinking, if there's a smaller contingent, 3,000 forces, that would be a more nimble force, special operations leaning, doing night raids. if there's a larger contingent of forces, 20,000, they'll assume the traditional roles, patrolling, working with afghan forces, and training as well. here on the streets, there are mixed emotions, quite frankly, about what's going to happen. many afghans actually welcome the idea of a smaller foreign footprint. on the other hand, many are also fearful that, if that happens, there's going to be a resurgence and outbreak of violence in a place that's already plagued by it. the taliban this weekend vowed more of what it called war destruction if the u.s. leaves behind a residual force. that's a sobering reminder of the instability
CSPAN
Jan 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
with the obama campaign or the obama administration? >> well, in 2008, on the obama campaign, i was the first videographer, something i carry ied into the first two years in the white house. the last cycle, i did not work on the campaign formally or at the white house. i worked in the new and strange murky world of super packs and pacs and independent expenditures. >> talk about the campaign in 2008. how were you hooked up with the president? >> well, you know, there was an ad on craig's list -- no, that's not the case. there was a place of right place, right time. a friend of mine was working at cnn as a documentary producer. that's a more normal path into politics, as much as i was interested, i was a fiction filmmaker, not first on anyone's list. she knew i was passionate about politics and wanted to get involved, brought me in, and then i hit it off with the senator and traveled, you know, inside the bubble. >> how long did you do anything? was it 24/7 for you for awhile? >> you know, especially in -- on the campaign, it really felt like 24/7. i was living in chicago, but i was
CSPAN
Jan 6, 2013 7:00am EST
, as the united states -- their interests -- the obama administration decided it will not supply legal aid, certainly no troops on the ground or air power like we saw with libya. they have taken a pretty hands- off approach. the idea that we can do nothing, as this starts to draw in all of its neighbors, is a very difficult stance to hold onto f or two years. host: the decision to downsize the defense department -- guest: it is very much part of a retrenchment or restoration doctrine that you would take off the table very manpower- intensive wars with regime iraq andike we had in th afghanistan. there are a lot of military experts who support that. we have exhausted our armed forces with beast two very costly costly counterinsurgency wars. let's not do that dosh with these -- with these two very costly counterinsurgency wars. let's not do that wit. they have adopted a much more discrete response to the terrorist threat -- discretet response to the terrorist threat. host: the us is still spending more on defense than the top 10 nations combined here it is >> -- combined. guest: it is tr
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 3:00am PST
ways' seen as making fun of some members of the obama administration. mcchrystal writes, this is quote, regardless how i judged the story for fairness or accuracy, responsibility was mine. general mcchrystal also suggests in this new book that michael hastings, that free-lance author of the article, may have been unworthy of his trust and transparency and he describes the plane ride back to d.c. on his way to offer his resignation to president obama after 34 years of service, by writing that he didn't call anyone for advice, he just got on the plane and that was that. something else mcchrystal chronicles in his book are the struggles he had with the white house while he was in charge in kabul. there were apparently major disagreement about how many troops should be sent to war, the beginning of the obama administration and mcchrystal rights that military leaders wanted 30,000, and the president approved 17,000 and 4,000 more added, but only after what sounds like, in this book, some very intense back and forth between the two sides about, with obviously different views how to do the in
CNN
Jan 6, 2013 8:00am PST
information. they will fight that decision. the new york "time" sued the obama administration and lost. the newspaper was trying to gain access about u.s. drone strikes targeted to kill people suspected to having ties to terrorism. federal judge ruled this week that the press isn't entitled to such access under the freedom of information act, even while noting the disclosure could help the public understand the vast and seemingly ever-growing exercise in which we've been engaged for well over a decade at great cost in lives, treasure and at least in the minds of some personal liberty. >>> the judge is right on that score. how an administration carry os us a war especially a stealth watch, should without compromising national security, be public information. times is appealing the decision. hanna storm is back on the air after a terrible accident. the espn correspondent was badly burned in an explosion at her propane gas grill. >> it happened in a split second and immediately i was on fire. so my hair was on fire, my chest and the whole top of my shirt was on fire. i yelled inside to my
ABC
Jan 6, 2013 7:00am PST
>>> hey, good morning, everybody. bianna is a little bit under the weather, but we are very happy to have paula faris here in for bianna this morning. gives us a chance to say faris and harris. >> it does. and just to confuse people more, i have a brother named dan faris, but we do hope that bianna recovers quickly. >> we've never actually been in the same room. me and this dan faris. we are wishing bianna all the best this morning. we do have a big show today. vacation is over for the president. he comes back to washington with a pile of personnel decisions to make including new defense and treasury secretaries. george stephanopoulos is here to talk about new attempts apparently to take on the nra by the obama administration. >>> plus, the search for a missing fashion executive and his wife. vittoria missoni, owner of a fashion empire, vanished when a small plane carrying six people disappeared off the coast of venezuela. that name should be familiar if you shop at target. >> a lot get obsessed with missoni when they teamed up with target. >>> and in terms of college football, it doesn't get any bigger than this, the championship game, notre dame against 'bama. >> our josh elliott is in miami covering the hope, the hype and the runup to tomorrow night's game. and you know what? don't confuse the red for being a 'bama fan. because i'm not. i'm going for the irish. mid western girl, have to stick to my roots. >> going with the irish. by the way, josh looks pretty happy being on the beach as opposed to the frigid northeast. >>> a lot of news breaking overnight, and, of course, for that we turn to mr. ron claiborne. >> dan and paula, faris and harris, good morning to everyone. >>> we begin with that deadly standoff in aurora, colorado, a town still reeling from that movie massacre. four people killed including an armed suspect killed in a shootout with the police s.w.a.t. team. abc's clayton sandell has the story. >> reporter: the first shots rang out in the dead of night. at 3:00 a.m., a woman came running from this town home telling police three people inside were shot. police told neighbors to stay down. >> six times total we heard firing. >> never been so scared in my life. >> reporter: as officers evacuated the neighborhood, a man inside began shooting hitting a police s.w.a.t. vehicle. >> we kept persisting on him coming out, surrendering. >> reporter: hours passed but there was no talking him out. >> he fired upon us a second time, this time shots were returned. the suspect was hit. >> reporter: police killed the suspect and inside found three more bodies, a woman and two men. a family member told denver abc affiliate 7 news that the suspect he killed his father-in-law, sister-in-law and her boyfriend. one woman escaped believed to be the suspect's wife. it's just the latest gun tragedy in aurora since last summer's movie theater massacre that left 12 dead. many of the same investigators were at the theater in july and with no clear motive are again asking why. for "good morning america," clayton sandell, abc news, aurora, colorado. >>> and police in alabama say they may have stopped another potential school massacre. 17-year-old derek shrout has been arrested and charged with attempted assault after a teacher discovered a book that allegedly contained plans to attack his school. police then discovered dozens of explosives at his home, tobacco containers filled with shrapnel and holes for fuses. the self-proclaimed white supremacist will be in court on tomorrow. >>> the fate of sandy hook elementary school will be decided later this month. newtown, connecticut, residents will hold their first meeting next week to discuss what to do in the wake of the massacre that left 26 people dead. options include razing the school, renovating it or building a new one, new school on the same property or somewhere else. >>> it appears there will be hockey after all this year. the nhl and its players union reached a tentative deal early this morning. paula is nodding her head yes. i guess you're a hockey fan. the players have been locked out since back in september wiping out nearly half of the season. >>> finally, a story, dan, or any cat lover or any cat hater for that matter would probably appreciate. this is a cat, check him out here, who was caught trying -- allegedly i guess we should say trying to sneak into a prison in brazil with contraband strapped to its body. among the items taped the cat a cell phone, a drill bit and files. the cat is now behind bars at an animal shelter. the cat's lawyer says, "no comment." >> the cat has a lawyer. >> the look on his face is very guilty. that's all i'm saying. >> allegedly. >> reportedly. >> that was weird, huh? >> that was weird. i'm just very excited that the nhl is back though tentatively. >> you're a red wings fan, i'm guessing, right? >> from michigan, but worked in chicago for a long time. big blackhawks fan. >> only on her outfit. >> exactly. >> thank you, ron. >>> speaking of doing time, some people in louisiana might be doing time after a massive, out of control fight broke out at a mall there that involved 200 teenagers. they had to shut the place down and evacuate it. abc's dan kloeffler is on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, dan. well, on any given saturday night, you can bet that malls across the country are packed with teens getting a little breathing room from their parents. but at one shopping mall in baton rouge, that favorite teenage hangout quickly turned from a place of escape to a place of mass hysteria. a typical saturday night at the mall of louisiana quickly turned into this, mass chaos. shoppers jamming escalators, running for the doors. mall employees being ordered to abandon their cash registers and get out. the mall was under evacuation after a flash mob turned ugly. >> i think that there was some sort of post on social media about a flash mob planned for tonight which drew such a large group of juveniles. >> reporter: from that online call for a flash mob, about 200 teens swarmed the second floor food court. what happened next, sheriff's deputies are still trying to piece together, but at some point a fight broke out forcing mall security to clear out the property. confused, frightened and being forced outside, kids made frantic calls to their parents trying to find a way out of the madness. >> been out here walking the grounds for 30 minutes now. i cannot find her. >> she okay? everybody you with is okay? okay. all right, then i'm going to see you in a minute. >> reporter: surprisingly, everyone made it out and was accounted for. but from the reactions online, it was hardly a normal night of just hanging out at the mall. first "i am okay. at the mall of louisiana, had a person or persons with a gun, saw people running and screaming. i turned around, a girl told me someone had a gun. i started running with them. never been that scared in my life. people were running everywhere. it was like a movie but you were in it." again, no weapons were found. no serious injuries. pretty amazing when you see that video. but the sheriff's department is talking to eyewitnesses. they say that they do plan on charging those responsible for causing that chaos. >> bad night in louisiana. >> i would say so. >> appreciate it. >>> all right, and president obama is due back in washington today after finishing his hawaii vacation. and now he faces personnel decisions. one of the first may be to nominate a former republican senator as his new defense secretary. a choice that is already under attack by some republicans, even before it has been announced. abc's david kerley joining us from the white house with all the details. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, paula. you're talking about chuck hagel, and we are not told one way or another whether he will be nominated but he is controversial within both parties. if you're going to make cuts at the defense department, doesn't it make sense to have a republican help you if you're a democratic president? one of the calculuses that the president is considering, also deputy secretary michele flournoy still considered a candidate but we will hear more tomorrow on who will be the president's next defense secretary. >> is it reasonable to believe democrats would meet hagel with some resistance, as well? >> reporter: absolutely. the reason is that on social issues hagel is fairly conservative, but the point is he's not going to be doing social issues if he is nominated to be defense secretary. he's not going to run health and human services. it's the department of defense, the pentagon, but some democrats are concerned about that. republicans are concerned, as well, because hagel winds up with the president. he was opposed to some issues in iraq, also in afghanistan, and that's what republicans don't like. he bucked the republican party and really lines up with the president, which the president might see as a strength if he decides to nominate hagel. >> all right, and some fascinating numbers coming out of the president's vacation in hawaii where he was for nine days. can you share those with us? >> reporter: it was supposed to be a 15-day vacation, do you remember, and so here's how it all breaks down. we've taken a look. out of those 15 days, he actually got to spend nine in hawaii. he had to spend six days here in d.c. working on the fiscal cliff negotiations. now, while he was in hawaii, he got five rounds of golf, he had five different parties -- partners, rather, about 30 hours on the golf course and four dinners out, to go back and forth the president had to spend 40 hours on air force one and only one member of the family actually traveled the entire time, and that is bo, the dog, who actually made the trip back and forth with the president. well-traveled dog. >> very well-traveled dog racking up his frequent flier miles. all right. >> we got a picture of him with the lei on, that was a remarkable reproduction. david kerley, thank you for your reporting from washington. these potential confirmation fights are just the tip of the iceberg for president obama. he's already getting ready for big battles over spending cuts, immigration and after newtown, gun control. let's bring in george stephanopoulos, host of weekday "gma" and abc's "this week." let's start with chuck hagel. is he likely to get the nod or if he does, can he make it through the confirmation? >> the president hasn't made a final decision, as david reported. democrats in the senate certainly believe this is coming. they've certainly been led to believe by the white house this is coming and kind of scratching their heads and can't figure out why. as david pointed out, a lot of democrats have questions about chuck hag ale on social issues like gay rights but his support for israel. and there's been some firm opposition for republicans. if the president goes forward, he is in for a real fight, likely to get him through but it's not going to be easy. >> he's had a lot of big fights. this morning we're hearing they're gearing up to take over the nra over gun control post-newtown. what are the odds he has the capital to win a fight on the nra? >> right now he has the public on his side but knows he has to move very, very quickly. that's why vice president biden will report back likely before the president's inaugural on january 20th with his package of recommendations, much broader than simply gun control. they'll also look at mental health issues. they'll look at violence in the media. right now there's going to be a lot of resistance in the senate to this, hard to move quickly there, but they're also going to look at things the president can do on his own through executive orders so they get something through. >> george stephanopoulos, thank you. and george has a big show this morning. his guests, a key player in the fiscal cliff deal that just passed, the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. "this week with george stephanopoulos" coming up later this morning. paula, over to you. >> look forward to it, dan. >>> and a miraculous survival story this morning. look at this devastating car crash. a young mother and baby from maine were in that vehicle, and amazingly, the 6-month-old through 25 feet from the car and somehow survived. the chilling wreckage of a terrifying car crash. >> i just was praying that i would be okay. >> reporter: 18-year-old chynna blaney was driving to her mother's house thursday night with her 6-month-old son gabriel when the unimaginable happened. >> there was a stop sign that i was slowing down, and i wasn't going to make it. i was looking to make sure that nothing was going to hit me, and at that time that there's -- the car was hitting me. >> reporter: a collision with a pickup truck sent her baby gabriel flying from his car seat hurled out the window 25 feet into the air. >> i heard the lady yelling, there's a baby. i think the baby flew out the window. then i realized, oh, my god, my baby is not in my car anymore. >> reporter: the baby landed somewhere in the soft snow. chynna managed to crawl her way out of the wreckage frantically looking for her baby. >> so i was yelling for my baby. i couldn't find him, and i couldn't see him. >> reporter: the driver of the pickup truck found gabriel buried at the bottom of a snow bank and picked him up. >> and i thought the lady had him, and she was sitting there crying. >> reporter: mom and baby were treated at a local hospital. >> when i got there, bless his little soul, he was chewing on a pacifier looking around, and it was just total relief knowing that he was all right. >> reporter: and this morning, mother and her son are safely back home and recovering. >> very thankful. very grateful, lucky. >> i think there was a lot of powers above that was watching over gabriel and chynna at the same time. everything happens for a reason. there's definitely got to be somebody above watching over us. >> amazing. the woman driving the truck had two young sons of her own and found little gabriel with his face partially buried in the snow. that car seat was secured but it was removed with the seat belt still attached. >> so great to see gabriel doing well. >>> over to ginger zee for a look at the forecast. hey, ginger. >> good morning to everyone. we know up here in new england and parts of the northeast seasonal for this time of year, a few snowflakes flying, burlington there. portland, 36, high in new york city, 44. that's much more mild than we've been seasoning. very seasonable. cooler behind it. chicago, 31. speaking of chicago, they have been snowless in chicago. this is a satellite image, wanted to show the city, a lot of the suburbs having absolutely nothing. this is as of friday, they did get just under a half inch yesterday, but all the snow, it's like one big hole around them and on their way to breaking a big-time record for not having one inch of snowfall so far in 316 days. if they make it to wednesday, they break a record set back in 1940. let's talk about something other than snow. maybe rain, sacramento, they had some. let's look at the video. some drizzle, a quarter inch to a half inch that slowed down traffic in some places and residuals that will move north and east. but back to the northwest, that is where some heavier rain, mountain snows will be falling as we go into the latter half of the weekend here. and the start of your work week. miami this morning has some fog, south florida and so does part of texas, so watch out for >> of that 0.4 inches that chicago got yesterday, a twitter follower found this in chicago, a really nice close-up of one of the snowflakes. they're really holding on to each flake because they've had so little. a lot of cities like boston hasn't had a whole lot. a wintry scene from north dakota. north dakota looks really nice, doesn't it? anyone want to take a field trip? >> no. no, thank you. it wasn't like that when we were in chicago. >> no, we had big snow. >> a blizzard. well, one. >> we leave and good weather. go figure. >> thank you, ginger. >>> it is the biggest college football game of the year. will it be the fighting irish or the crimson tide? >> go, fighting irish. notre dame and 'bama, the top two college football teams in the nation that go head to head in the bcs championship game. tomorrow night for notre dame, it is a long awaited return to the big game for 'bama. a chance to defend their title. here's "good morning america" co-anchor josh elliott. >> reporter: it's college football's biggest of big games, and tomorrow night, one that will see history made. >> we're here to win a football game. >> it's going to be a very challenging game no doubt. >> reporter: two teams each with so much at stake. >> to go against alabama, to be the best, you have to beat the best. >> reporter: number two alabama will be playing for a second straight national title and third in four years, a run unparalleled in recent history. >> it's very rare that you get to play for one and i played for two and got a chance to play for a third one, and to win another one, oh, man. >> reporter: and standing in their way? arguably the sport's crown jewel, an unbeaten notre dame resurgent after nearly two decades of irrelevance and now but a win away from its first national title in a quarter century. >> it'll be a good time for us to win this championship so we can show everyone that, you you know, we're for real and notre dame is back. >> reporter: the fighting irish stand on history's doorstep thanks in part to a stout defense led by senior captain and linebacker mante te'o. the emotional core of this notre dame team, especially after losing his girlfriend and his grandmother within hours of each other earlier this season. >> his character, his leadership is something that i've never seen before. matter of fact, the heart and soul of this team. >> reporter: while te'o fell sort of a heisman, that was never the trophy he hoped to raise at year's end. >> the past three years i sat in are my living room and watched that game, i and remember every time i sat in the living room and watched the games, i texted my teammates. i do not want to sit in this living room and watching this game, and i'm not going to be. >> reporter: and as the teams make their final preparations here in south florida, upwards of 100,000 fans have taken miami's south beach by storm lending college football's crowning of a champion and excitement and a hype normally reserved for super bowls. >> go, irish. >> whoo! >> reporter: and we're just over a day away now from the biggest of big games, and to that end both teams have already arrived to miami making final preparations for monday night's game, which for the notre dame fighting irish could mean getting used to humid conditions we'll expect at game time. speaking of that game, it will be played at sun life stadium, a couple miles away, and that's where i'm going to be all morning long tomorrow right here on "gma" live, we're going to be going behind the scenes with our sister network, espn, to show you what goes into bringing you the mega telecast. it could go down as the most watched game broadcast in college football history. we might even have a special guest or two. for now then that's all from here on south beach, back to you guys in the rather brisk new york city. >> oh. >> rubbing it in. very unfair. >> that is very unfair. it is actually very warm in the studio. >> by the way, you can watch notre dame take on alabama for the bcs national championship game tomorrow night with coverage starting at 8:00 on our sister network, espn. >>> and this morning we've got a great reunion to show you. a woman who lost her home during superstorm sandy finally back together with her dog. look at that. >> reunited. pets, they're sometimes the forgotten victims of these storms and this morning the aspca has an urgent message about scores of cats and dogs that are still unclaimed. abc's john schriffen is here with the story. >> good morning. during hurricane sandy hundreds of animals were either left behind or couldn't be cared for anymore. that's where the aspca stepped in reuniting owners trying to get back on their own feet with their four-legged friends. jordan clark is finally bringing her dog, midnight, home. >> it's kind of surreal, kind of like it's over but feels like christmas morning, like, just to be able to be back to him. >> reporter: clark was living in the rockaways in queens, new york, when she lost everything including her house in hurricane sandy. >> to lose everything, your possessions is one thing, but to lose your family would be horrible. so if it wasn't for them, i don't even want to think what would have happened. >> reporter: clark displaced had no way to care for midnight and her kitten carrie, then she found this place. >> they basically saved my family. >> reporter: a temporary boarding facility for four-legged victims of sandy. the aspca reacted quickly starting up this shelter helping nearly 16,000 animals in sandy affected areas. yesterday there were 19 happy reunions, but there are still 130 displaced pets at this emergency shelter waiting to be claimed. >> at some point it's not the best environment for a pet to be in an emergency facility. >> reporter: as time ticks on, these cute animals can't remain in these cages. >> the ultimate goal being to get them back home with their families, but if that's not possible, then it's to get them into a foster where they can at least start feeling that sense of normalcy and being with family members. >> reporter: robin parkinson was living in far rockaway in queens, new york, when everything she owned also got washed away. she hopes to bring her two dogs, zeva and diamond, home in the next few weeks. >> when i'm able to bring my girls home, it will be christmas, new year's, my birthday, all in one package. >> and that temporary shelter is now closing. the aspca warns if owners do not come and claim their pets, they will be put up for adoption or sent into shelter -- foster care. this is snow. he is not up for adoption but i've been watching him all weekend, pet sitting. and in just a weekend i've gotten this close bond with him. so if you at home need to bring a pet into your home, these animals are so lovable. they need help. the aspca really needs someone to step up and take care of these animals. head over to our website. we'll have all the information there. >> or aspca.com. and snow is 15 years old and going strong. >> going strong. look how cute those animals are. >> somebody actually trusted you with their dog. >> they really did, this is the first time i've ever had a pet in my life. >> really? >> the first time. >> now you want to get a dog. >> i think i really want a dog. these animals are so cute, so lovable. in just a weekend. in just a weekend. mwah. >> all right, coming up here on the broadcast, how can we top that kind of affection? we'll try. we'll talk about the search for one of the biggest names in fashion, vittorio missoni. his company created a sensation in america partnering with target. is there hope for a rescue? >>> also speaking out, justin bieber opening up about his latest troubles including his recent breakup and rumors swirling that he might have used drugs. >>> imagine having 156 seconds to take what you want, whatever you can at an electronics store. this guy had a strategy. we'll show you what it is coming up in "fixation." ♪ g up in "fixation." 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>> that's a lot of money. >> that's a lot of tuna. >> three times the previous high making for some probably very expensive and hopefully very good sushi. >>> time now for the weather and the incomparable ginger zee. >> i like that -- thank you for the adjective, ron. good morning, everybody. it's warm in miami and will stay that way. for the bowl tomorrow it will be dry. it hasn't been this morning and won't be for some of the day. let's look at the live shot there. you can see some of the power is back in the clouds -- i'm referring to, of course, not the buildings. i'm always looking at the weather part, and they've had some fog in the region especially inland and in other parts of south florida. something to go ahead and look at today. 80 will be the high today in miami. ft. myers has had quite a bit of fog and orlando just south of the front so they'll make it to 80, tampa, 78 as this rushes across. cooler air in tallahassee at 62 and 58 for new orleans today. the milder air with this system is starting to push up, and by the midweek places like chicago who are 31 today will get to 47 on wednesday. new york city goes from 44 today to 50 on wednesday. so we're all starting to see that little peek of -- i don't want to call it springlike because it's not quite there, but it certainly is not as cold as it has been behind all that cold air, we're starting to warm a little bit, and portland, 45 with that rain/snow mix up in the mountains. some of the cascades going to get a half to one foot of snow. tampa, again, 78, waco, 56. that is the big picture. let's get a check a little closer to home.ther report brou to you by ensure. so just so i make that clear, tomorrow night for the game, should be dry, low to mid-70s so really nice for football. >> not bad weather. ginger, thank you. >>> coming up on "gma" is justin bieber worried about his image going up in smoke after new pictures of him smoking a mysterious substance? 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ground. we made that mistake with iraq and i hope that the obama administration learned from its mistakes and when we withdraw forces along with allies we do so in a way that i say treasures all of the lives that have been lost there and that the afghan people have the security that they need because if not we will just be embolden these terrorists and they will not rest. we may beautied of this war but the terrorists -- we may be tired of this war but the terrorists are not. >> let me ask you what afghanistan is going to look like say after 2014 or 2015 or so. >> it worries me that karzai is our best guy there in afghanistan because he has had a lot of ethical problems. a lot of corruption that he has not been willing to stand up to. we need a in afghanistan that understands the difference between right and wrong and that will really use the country's finances in a way that will stand up the economy so that people can see that there is a future ahead of them that is not involved in killing americans and killing nato forces and apiecing extremist -- appeasing extremist elements. we need a
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the president, a good host never leaves his party unatetendunatt. rule number one, remain present. never be so consumed with hosting the party you forget to chill out, relax and enjoy it. if guests pick up on your stress, they are not going stick around. if he makes it look like a good time, he's more likely to attract smart, young people elected to office and keep the democratic party going strong. be a gracious host. don't keep that bean dip to yourself. president obama is still holding on to the coveted data base of 16 million voters, volunteers and donors. he's going to have to share if he wants to keep the party going. pick a theme. a togo party kegger. articulate goals with a clear, concise and memorable message that signals the vision for 2016 and beyond. now, here's a known secret that only the best party planners know, don't do it alone. delegate a few friends to pick up the ice or plates and cups. the president needs to identify his field lieutenants to do the grunt work of building up the party. that means running for office, searching for viable candidates to run in 2014 or 2016, buildsing party organizations and crafting a cohesive policy agenda on state and county levels. once you have done all of that, you want to make sure your party is unforgotable. don't be afraid to shake things up. swap out the regular lightbulbs for the black light and turn your party into a groovy shack. newt gingrich was good at this. inviting broad, diverse of people. make sure everyone doesn't already know each other. the democrats need to continue pursuing the diverse big tense coalition that reelected president obama and not just in solidly blue territory. not to be forgotten, music. the fuel to keep a good ranger in full throttle. start with a mix of low key tunes, pumping up the volume and getting the tempo gradually going until you reach the height of the party with a song that gets everyone on the dance floor. last but not least, make sure you have food, lots and lots of it to keep the dancers energized. the democratic party has to provide training, connections, opportunities to come together for networking and money. money, money, money, money to pay for all of it. all that's left to do is figure out the democratic sound track for 2014 and beyond. voila, you have the recipe that would make martha stewart proud. they would have put together a party that people will still be talking about for years and decades to come. here at the table, the mayor of atlanta, georgia, kasim reed, karen, former dnc communications director and now msnbc political analyst and john rally. so nice to have you all here. >> good morning. >> i'm going to start with you, karen. this is the deal. on the one hand, we reelected president obama as a country that's a step toward continuing his policies. >> yep. >> but the question of legacy is a question of the strength of the party. what is president obama likely to leave behind? >> you mentioned the key things. howard dean had the right description, build from the ground up. make sure grass roots is strong, fill the bench of talent, mayors, governors, state legislative races. that's where a lot of legislation gets passed that impacts, hello, say vaginal probe. >> they can say that in virginia, we know that. >> making sure that pipeline of talent, also, in terms of the technology and the data bases and the expertise, leaving the dnc, the actual infrastructure in place and available to candidates and available to the party is really critical. the best example i can give you is look what happened to the republicans. karl rove, when he was running the bush campaign, their technology was state of the art. at the rnc, they didn't have that. they didn't have what he had this time. they never built on what they have. it's not just what do we have now, but how do we make sure going forward, we are continuing to build for the future. the last thing is money, money, money. make sure the bills are paid and money in the bank. >> i want to go to you on this point, john. this issue of technology as part of it, we have a fast moving technological world that impacts politics. it's not just running the old fashioned commercials. it's part of it. all these other aspects, you run campaigns. what are the things in terms of the technological aspects of building this party they need to have their eyes on? >> one thing jim messina talked about is they threw out the '08 model and rebuilt this campaign. this is an important, intelligent, ideological discussion as well of not just building on what you have but think about how the future is going to be different and retool. i think the other thing, when you think what are the weaknesses of the party, we don't hold congress in the state legislatures, how do we rebuild at that level? there's an ideological sorting out we need to have. in the late '80s and early '90s, the moderates turned on the left of our party. what does the dlc democrats, the blue dogs and moderates look like. we want to take back legislatures, elect governors, not that we compromise principles, but talking the big ten, we want to be diverse. there's a diversity that we are less diverse than three or four years ago. >> mayor, this is the question of the democratic party in the south, right? when we look at the democratic party in the south, basically, it looks like you. it looks like mayors, it looks like folks in local and state legislatures. when we look at the gubernatorial seats in this country, we have 30 seats held by republicans at the statewide level across the country. only 19 democratic governors. when we think of who becomes president, governors and vice presidents end up becoming president. how do we build a democratic party in the south without giving up civil rights, women's reproductive rights and build a big tent? >> i would remind us of one word, work. that's what's ahead of us. we have a path. we have seen nationally that i think the presidency favors democrats. the real work is going to be exactly where you pointed out, state legislatures. in 2010, we vis rate at the gubernatorial level. in 2010, we got killed. we have to build that back and we need to put together a concrete plan to take the house. we have to stay in the future business. by that, the republicans continue to practice the politics of subtraction. that's a losing strategy nationally. it's not impacted them locally. it's up to local democrats to say we are the one who is care about the middle class. we are the ones who don't encourage vaginal probes for women -- >> unless they want them. >> we are the ones who try to make sure african-americans have the right to vote. we are the ones who believe in the dream act. we are the ones who believe in inclusion for gay and lesbians. >> it's a messaging piece. i get that. i get the messaging is part of what a strong party does. but, i also wonder, part of it is just the bench, right? again, the 30 governors versus 19 governors. when you hear people talk of 2016 and who is going to run. you hear hillary clinton. you hear joe biden. i both appreciate and like them but that sounds to me like our bench is not very deep on the democratic side. >> right now, it's probably not. i would take a different tact on it. i think barack obama has a lot of skills, a lot of talents. party building has never been one of them. i think to build a party, it's us. it's not barack obama who is going to do it. it's going to a grass roots effort and come from the ground up. historically, the democratic party has been strong when it's built on the back of labor. 50 years ago, union density was 30%. it's never coming back. labor is important, but it is not a huge national powerful national force anymore. we need to figure out a way to get back to that. we need a base of the party, which is solely focused on the middle class and workers. we have a party that represents business interest. we don't need two parties that do that. they are schizophrenic. we are the party of the middle class and always looking behind our shoulders. >> i'm going to let you in when we come back. your former boss is going to join us. when we come back, the ultimate political party planner, howard dean is going to join us. we'll talk about how to get this party going. >>> we're back talking about what the democrats need to do to build a strong party even after president obama has left office. joining our discussion is someone who knows how to build the party. he spent his tenure doing that. joining me was the governor of vermont, howard dean. nice to have you. >> thanks for having me on. and thanks for karen for beating me over the head until i did get on. >> she is a friend of nerdland, there's no doubt about that. >> that's right. >> i want to talk about the 50 state strategy, the piece that came along with your tenure of leadership. also, you got a lot of pushback from within the party saying we have to take this thing national. >> yeah. well, look, the washington party rarely gets what's going on elsewhere. washington is disconnected from the rest of the country. they are smart, hard working people. it's one of the reasons president obama ran his campaign from chicago. you just don't get what goes on in the rest of the country when you are in washington. it's not surprising they want to do things it old fashioned way. to build a party, tough be everywhere. one of the reasons we got clobbered in legislature is because our party's have gotten weak. the dnc needs to help state parties and train them, as we did and they need them to make their own decisions. people from kansas know how to win in kansas. people from washington don't know how to win in kansas. >> i feel like one of my tasks as a college professor is to find every young person sitting in my classroom who may have an ounce of talent and saying have you thought of running for office. i tend to say to them, voting is like the brushing your teeth of democracy. running for office is really enga engaging. how do we get young people to run? how do we get that bench deeper? >> things have changed a lot in the last eight or ten years since i ran for president. that's what i said. i didn't say brushing your teeth, but i said you got a "d" for voting. that's the bare minimum. if you want to do something, you have to run or work in somebody's campaign. the problem is, that's a lot less salable now because of the sclerosis in d.c., a lot of people find they can change the system. kids are changing schools in the worst neighborhoods in the country, going abroad to run their own foreign aid companies independently of the government. the government is broken not just because people scream at each other in washington. you have right wingers abandoned by a supreme court thinking money makes the country run. government is unattractive to young people. it's not going to get attractive to young people until we get reform. the only way to do that is get democrats into congress. >> i'm going brag on you. part of what i thought was effective is his idea is we have to have a business plan for the party. we have to be able to show and get out of thinking cycle-to-cycle and think long term. it's how you build a bench. governor dean was the one in '05 thinking redistricting in 2010, we are going get screwed if we don't think about it. people in washington are thinking that's five years from now, who cares. now we are living that because we didn't pay attention. the idea of the national party showing up. showing up means, this is critical for the democratic party. in the african-american and latino communities, we will not have, likely, an african-american at the top of the ticket in the next presidential election. we have made huge gains with african-americans and latinos. the republican party is going to go after them. we can't afford to show up two weeks before the election, which is in our past. it's something the governor was committed to doing and reaching out to people of faith. people who share our values but not the most obvious alliances. >> we have talked of tactics, but candidates, candidates, candidates. you are a better coach when you have a great talent on the floor. >> that's right. that's true. >> one thing there's not been a lot of focus on is developing leaders and talent and getting people of a different profile. i love working for attorneys who are state legislatures and others, but let's get more military veterans, people who are entrepreneurs, community organizers and get out in the community outside of just the people at the regular democratic meetings and get different people to run because they are going to have different networks involved in fund raising. i think people are starved for somebody who doesn't look like who they hate in washington. >> is there one governor we have lost in your time or in leadership of the party, one thing, the labor that kevin gave us was part of that, thinking about the labor movement under attack and the democratic party under attack. is there one other thing that needs to be laser focus in the second administration as they look to leave a party legacy? >> there is though no president has done it. having president obama at the top of the ticket is fantastic. it's underlined the coalition we have with women, latinos, african-americans, asian americans, native americans have been part of the coalition for a long time. muslims, all the groups the republicans like to hate. obama managed to crystallize the group of people who are going to be america and are growing fast. the problem is, all presidents do this. it's all about them. what's going on with the dnc for the last five years is while obama has been running, in my view, the best campaigns ever run by any president ever, it's extraordinary what they have done, it's all about obama. somehow that has to be transferred through the dnc and get the dnc away from being the re-election vehicle for the president. it always happens. this is not a whack at obama. clinton did it, carter did it. everybody does it. we have to see beyond 2012 and get beyond 2008. this is not about the president. this is about changing the country in a way that can make the country vibrant and whole again. >> thank you so governor howard dean in vermont. i had a conversation with a conservative colleague saying oh, melissa, you think in decades, we think in millennium. that's long term. >> they do. the fifth millennium or something. >> they have a lot of time to think about it over the next four years. >>> up next, what it would take to change power in the house of representatives in 2014. look what mommy is having. mommy's having a french fry. yes she is, yes she is. 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>> and the money. a city council raise used to be something a middle class or ordinary or schoolteacher could run. now you are talking l ining hun thousands of dollars to win a city council race in a local town. >> that's true. our young candidates have to fall in love with the grind. you can get out there and outwork other candidates through traditional means and the use of technology. i don't warry about somebody 50 or 60 running against me. i worry about somebody 20 or 30 years of age and can knock on doors. folks like me who have opportunities have to build our staff for young people. the coo for the city of atlanta is 36 years old. my chief of staff is 43 years old. a senior adviser who is 30. we have to live this. you have to live it. karen's got -- we all have to live it. it's where they get exposure, thundershower understanding and it's how they are launched. >> governor, i know you have written a bit that maybe we are over emphasizing the impact of redistricting and 2010 may be more marginal than how it impacted the republicans controlling the house of representatives. >> there's two things going on. there's gerrymandering. there's no question, there's four or five states where republicans tried really hard to build new districts and they succeeded. >> ohio. >> ohio. there's also, say texas where they tried hard and the court overturned it. when you net it out, maybe gerrymandering cost democrats eight, nine, ten seats. it's nothing to sneeze at, but it's not what lost us the majority. there's the incumbency advantage. the party that controls the house will keep controlling the house even if they lose by a couple percentage points. for years, it's benefited democrats, now republicans. democrats have work ahead of them. we have gerrymandering and we have to breakthrough the majority. once we get it back, the good news is, it's easier to keep it. >> there's good news. i think it's right. >> let's not get depressed. >> right. >> there's a party. >> there's a party. >> we don't need prozac, just a plan. there's a national organization focused on training progressive leaders and they have chapters in 20, 30 different cities. they are going build a bench of talent that is out of the campaign sector and running for office, helping people. that's good. there was something called project new west that is now project new america. i think they are going to shift their focus or add to the focus in the south as well. they got focused on we can take back the rocky mountain west. we need research and planning. that happened. it's policy, political and so there's going to be a focus in the south now. the south will come back. we have huge african-american population. >> the demographics tell us texas might go. >> exactly. >> when you focus a presidential campaign on 18 states, that means where they aren't hearing the message, you are letting the other side define you. in 2004-2005, we did polling to try to understand why people who should be voting for democrats weren't. they shared values with us. it's how we were talking about things and labeling issues. how you talk about it in georgia may be different than how you talk about it in ohio. understanding the differences. as progressives, we have to be being to stand-up for our values and be as aggressive as the other side is about demonizing it. >> turn them blue. we have to take a quick break. when we come back, it's been 23 days since the shooting at sandy hook elementary. the gun violence continues. 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>> back with us, kasim and karen and howard. howard, i want to start with you because this is your life work in many ways or at least certainly recently. you have done an enormous amount of work. what is the connection between lead and the negative social outcomes. >> the way we approach the problem is to map cities. i have mapped the city of new orleans, as you point out, and what we are seeing is that the areas that have high lead in the environment also have low school scores, they are areas where the police are spending some time looking at in terms of high crime rates. that connection is clearly made when you start mapping. >> so there's at least three different layers of this research showing this connection. one is like the mapping of the relationships in the time they are occurring. the other is the time lag data about lead gasoline emissions and the kids who were exposed to it grow up, there's a crime wave. lead gasoline emissions go down. kids under the lower ones, there's lower crime. there's individual data about iq and blood levels. kevin, this report was terrifying to me. >> yeah. in addition to the statistical evidence, kids who grew up in the '50s, early' 40s and '50s. it affects their brain development. we have known for a long time lead affects iq and school scores. in the last ten years, there's a new line of evidence suggesting it affects areas of prefrontal cortex in the brain. those are areas that affect emotional regulation, judgment, impulse control, aggression. all the things you would think that might lead to more violent crime. sure enough, when you look at the graphs put up there, it does. in addition, there's been a study going on for a long time at the university of cincinnati. it started in 1981. they took 400 children and followed them. every six months, they measure the blood levels, measure how they are doing in school and a bunch of other things. what they found, as they grew up when they tested them at 5, they were doing worse in school. at 15, juvenile delinquency. the higher the lead level in the blood, the worse it got. you have to wait 25 years to make the connection with violent crime. it was clear in the data. the higher the blood level, the more likely to be arrested for a violent crime. >> professor, what i will say is i have a bit of angst as a former statistics professor. that is just to say -- i taught that and political science classes. is this an ecological fallacy? we look at the collective data and things going on. the neighborhoods where kids are growing up also have a ton of other sociological indicators with poor performing schools and more likely to be arrested because of police. how solid is this as a scientific and statistical matter, how much should i be convinced by these data? >> i think the main convincing data is the mri data for the brain damage that is being seen for individuals with children where lead poison compared to individuals who are not poisoned as children. it's a very clear difference between the two. i think it's the main medical -- >> how much lead does it take to be lead poisoned? >> very small amounts. >> i happen to have a demonstration with me. these are one gram packets. within each of the packets, there's 1 million micrograms. we are worried about children who get exposed to six milli millionths of what is in this package. that's 1 million of micrograms. totally invisible. in every gallon of gasoline, there were two grams. back in the 1960s, most cars had 20 gallons in them. so, 20 gallons, that's 40 grams. ten cars, 400 grams, almost a pound of lead. that was introduced into the atmosphere during that period of time. it caused enormous difficulties to our population. huge increases in the amount of blood lead. we knew, even in the 1980s, half the population had exposures above 15 micrograms per decimal. >> okay. here is my fear. if i can test the blood of my constituents and find a sugar packet full of lead in them, should i put ankle bracelets on them because they are going to commit a crime? this is my fear for a local policymaker. these kids have been exposed. let's test the blood of all our constituents and police them. >> we are the firewall against that. shows like this and elected officials who care about solving the problem. in atlanta, we had less than 90 people murdered. we have people who cared about this issue and were on the front lines. the turner foundation raised this issue immediately. the president's administration put lead based paint removal at the top of their priority when administering funds doing the american recovery. we won the grants, did significant work in this area. this is a space where we don't have to figure that out and be so smart. we know lead hurts our kids. we now have substantial data that shows those individuals go on to commit crimes so we should be more active in removing lead, we should learn about the information that the doctor talked about, the science is solid and now we just need to act. >> when we come back, i want to talk about what the good policy might look like and why it pays to get the lead out. that's next. people have doubts about taking aspirin for pain. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. visit fastreliefchallenge.com today for a special trial offer. if we took the already great sentra apart and completely reimagined it? 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will the diet and food industry lead us into a fat frenzy and leaving themselves fatter profits. the professor of nutrition and co-author of "thinner this year." jackie, the executive producer of just food that promotes fresh, locally grown food in new york. karen finney and john, democratic strategist and president of fletcher rally media. jennifer, if you are not feeling anything in the world, how do people lose weight? what does it take to live a healthy lifestyle? >> eat better, eat less and exercise. it's a really fine balance. i think with all the things you have spoken about, that article, the sense of complacency is going to fuel the tipping to obesity. it's the wrong message. so many americans are overweight. they are on the critical edge of becoming obese. it doesn't talk about the problems that fat in and of itself has for diabetes, cancer and dementia. >> it say that is you may live and enjoy your life more because you have brownies. but it doesn't tell us about the other things. >> what you are living with. that fat tissue, bmi does not measure fat tissue and where it's located. the fat around your midsection, that's what's so important. i think that's what the study did lack. what the fat does, we know that 37 million americans or 27 million americans have diabeted. from a bmi of 26 to 27 increased the risk. that fat tissue is important for our health. to live with that and the consequence of that, what it costs americans to basically, you know, pay for obesity in the united states is shocking. >> when we back up to the first part of the answer, you know, you are telling me, okay, don't get excited yet, eat a little less, eat a little better and move more. there's no -- there's nothing to buy with that. there's a multibillion dollar industry who says don't eat better, eat less and move more. buy this product. use this. get this gym membership. eat this particular thing on this particular day and this articular hour. >> a big part of the conversation is where you live, the community you live in, the resources you have access to is going to inform the kind of foods you eat. if you are living in a neighborhood that is known, that people can see on a map as lower income, there's going to be fewer grocery stores there. we work to make sure community health is improved by increasing access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food. if you have financial access, if you can afford it, geographical access, you don't have to get on three buses and a train to get to it, drive in a car and fill up your tank of gas to get to it. do you have information? do you know how to cook fresh, healthy food? we are so convenience driven. we are so busy. we look for the middle of the hours, what can i buy that is going to stay on my shelf for a long time. those choices aren't always healthy. we need access to information of what we should eat. it's not rocket science. it is easy to make fresh, healthy food, but a lot of us don't have the tools and resources. >> also, the other piece of this is politically, the debate in washington, the conversations not about food, it's about nutrients. it's a very distinct political reason for that. lobbyists and special interest. a lot of people think they are making good choices because it's cocoa puffs, but it's nutrient enriched. it can't be so bad. without thinking you are still eating cocoa puffs, it's still -- >> all the vitamins, all the vitamins are now gummy bears. i'm thinking this can't be right. there's some way that eating gummy bears cannot be a vitamin moment. >> if you think about food, there's a reason that certain combinations of food are healthy, whole food instead of we are going to infuse something that doesn't have these nutrients into it. we don't know necessarily what does it do to your body? it fuels the industry of people selling you foods that they say are not that bad for you. it's got nutrients, you are not poisoning your kids when you give them the sugar cereals. it's fortified. >> there's a bit of attention between the multiple things. on one hand, the politics of nutrients and how we talk about it and who has access to power to make sure the food on the shelves are particular kinds of food. on the other hand, this question of individual decision making. it feels like so much of what happens here is when we start talking weight loss, everybody is a republican. everybody is like nobody made you eat that, you know, cookie. that is your own choice. >> but the food industry spends billions of dollars on advertising then we have the usda or the johnson foundation spending millions of dollars to try to educate individuals about nutrition. if you get the end caps covered with the most profitable foods, 9% profit on a soda. they are powerful. >> tell me what soda does. soda freaks me out. so many kids have soda as part of their daily diet. >> 25% of teenagers consume three or more sodas a day. it's just sugar, it's only energy, no nutrition. it's a deadly force. it gives nothing but quick burning fuel. >> when i hear the soda conversation and what it does, people are like that's silly. that's what we thought of cigarettes. there was a moment when people sitting on air were smoking, right? you go to your workplace and everybody was smoking. that language was considered radical. >> there's been a fascinating development in that. some of the attorneys behind the tobacco settlement have filed 27 different lawsuits against some of the big companies. i think and they think they have a solid footing than with the tobacco settlement. with tobacco, there's a small piece. with food it's big in terms of dollars. the attorneys think they have clear cut violations with the law. with tobacco, there wasn't a clear cut violation. this is going to radically change the issue and bring it into focus. it's going to inform dramatic changes in behavior and then what will happen is i think some of the business is going to go washington like they did on asbestos litigation and they are going to want a bailout and liability limit. >> stay there. we are going to talk more about this. i want to come back to jackie's point of how where you live helps to determine what your clothing size is. 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i have to laugh because i look at the twitter feed and "up," the show just before this one hosted by chris hayes has a pastry plate. there's a lot of emotions about our segment. it's true, if you live in a heavy state and are an "up" guest, it's harder to get healthy food. this is an issue. what is literally right in front of you. whether or not you live where there is a neighborhood grocery store determines whether you buy perishable foods or the things that stay on your shelf. >> if you have access to fresh, healthy food, there's so much more you can do in terms of nourishing yourself and your family. the way the communities are built where there is food retail access is taken into consideration. there's a history of grocery stores moving out of lower income communities deliberately as a business decision. it's a mistake on their part. there's huge markets there. they are being encouraged to come back. so much of what is in a grocery store is not always healthy. it's really about increasing access to locally grown food. so, if you look at how much money we are spending, the farm bill that you mentioned in the introduction, if you look at how much money the american public is spending our tax dollars making sure those foods in the middle aisles and at the fast food, they are going to be the cheapest. people are going to gravitate to those foods. it's not an accident. it's not the way they are grown that makes them cheep. the fresh food has no help from american taxpayer dollars. not a dime of taxpayer dollars is going to go to making specialty crops like fresh fruit and vegetables. >> what's mapped on the conversation. we look at obesity in america, it is a race issue. non-hispanic african-americans have higher obesity rates. it can begin to feel as though well think white women with lots of access to lots of things are preaching to less well think working class women of color saying you are doing bad things and making bad choices. >> it comes to social outcomes. we don't have the opportunity to make the same choices. i may want to eat healthy. i can't walk to the store. the store i can get to doesn't have fresh foods. then it's not that i don't want to make a good choice. it's not that i don't want to eat better, i don't have the opportunity to make that choice. >> i work double shifts, so making time to cut up carrots. >> i move to a more upscale zip code. the same grocery chain, which will go unnamed. what is on the shelves, the lighting. the management staff looked alike. it was amazing. >> yeah. >> i think organizations like change.org create a great opportunity to make the corporate people better, corporate citizens on a lot of different levels and on nutrition and the quality of food. >> as much as clearly structural change is going to be part of this, i wonder, jennifer and jackie, you are not waiting for congress to change this. >> right. >> you are doing it one step at a time. if i am a working mom with limited time and limited access, what kind of choices can i make to improve health? take away the cosmetic weight loss piece? >> i think the priority is the expendable cash you have, you have to make wise choices. nutrient rich foods, whole grain breads and fruits and vegetables. it might be hard. if you have to do quick serve items, frozen fruits and vegetables. it's hard. if you live in a food swamp, which is a food dessert and you are unundated with fast food restaurants in urban cities and working two jobs and trying to feed your kids, calorie density is important. you want them to be happy. it's really difficult. you can shop in the grocery store and make wise choices. this is where education is a big piece of it and planning ahead. >> one of the places where poor kids get fed is at school. one meal they can count on is lunches. catsup counts. >> it's a travesty. on the way to school, they stop at the corner store. if you have a choice between spending -- if you have $1, you can buy four pieces of candy or one banana. if that's your choice, i mean you know what the kids are going to be drawn to. it seems like they are getting a bang for their buck. really, the competition, when the competition is not there in terms of fresh food access, the prices will go up. so, you go to -- it's so counter intuitive. you are in a low income neighborhood. the cost of fresh produce is higher. the quality is poorer. go to a higher income neighborhood where there's more competition. more produce and the prices are more competitive. >> think about the pushback michelle obama got in talking how to be more healthy and educate. part of the problem is a lot of people have no idea what is in the food they are eating. eat real food. if you go back to because politically our conversation is about nutrients instead of food and health, not just losing weight, but what is actually healthy. kids don't know how to make those choices. we spent, you know, with the food pyramid, i don't know if kids have access to that. they don't know how to make good choices. >> this is where we'll go after the break. talk about first lady, michelle obama and her appearance on "the biggest loser." it shows pop culture and food and politics. i want to talk about moving. we talked about food, what about the other side of the equation when we come back. ♪ [ female announcer ] for everything your face has to face. face it with puffs ultra soft & strong. puffs has soft, air-fluffed pillows for 40% more cushiony thickness. face every day with puffs softness. try our entrees, snacks and new salads. salmon with basil, garlic chicken spring rolls, and now salads, like asian-style chicken. enjoy over 130 tasty varieties, anytime. lean cuisine. be culinary chic. plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. it has 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day men's 50+. wears off. 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>> i think it's so important to understand people who can treat their body in a healthy fashion, if they can exercise and feel great about themselves and they demonstrate that, people have a huge respect no matter what your body type or size is if you are treating your body well. i think if you are doing those things that don't make you feel great, you are going to exude a different, you know, reception from different individuals. when you see someone exercising, that really gives, you know, the opportunity for people to respect you. >> unless you are a january new year's resolution people who get a gym membership. we know gym membership goes way up. 12% of new memberships join in january. a substantial portion of them head out of the gym within three months. that means january is the worst time in the world to go to the gym. >> come in march. >> but another point, there is a whole industry designed to make us, as women, feel like we are bad human beings if we are not a size 2. we know a real size 2 these days might be a 4 somewhere and a 0 somewhere else. so much of our culture is built on these ideas of beauty, particularly for women that are unrealistic when talking health and nutrition and exercise. what it takes to be a healthy person who eats well, that doesn't mean you are going to be a 2 and we can't all be a 2. >> sports illustrated, right? sports illustrated swimsuit issue. the moment, kate upton. this moment set off all this dialogue in the country about what that body is. is that a thin body, a fit body, a fat body. jennifer lawrence, a girl who plays in "the hunger games" the notion that she is an obese actress who shot not have been cast in the "hunger games" because she had a round face. because of that she could not be -- as a mother of a daughter, there's a madness to this set of social pressure that is looks at these bodies and has a critique. >> all women at the table are like yeah. >> i think it goes both ways. you can pick up a magazine and go, oh, i'm dying to be them. the other saying hey, i can wear a tight tank top and my midsection flowing out and feel comfortable because everybody else is like that. you fit in in society. the wants of being something different are always there. there's huge pressure. our environment is engineered in a way that makes it difficult to exercise and eat right. we take drastic measures and usually it's a failure. >> i want to stay on this point. food and movement were once connected because we farmed, right? we went outside and did physical work to create the food or we cooked. the act of cooking can -- is movement. there's an expension of energy that is different than microwaving a meal. >> we work with the most beautiful men and women in new york and they are urban farmers, community gardners, all shapes and sizes, they are glowingly healthy. they spend all summer in their gardens, they know their neighbors, eat and grow their food. they are radiant and all different sizes. i think engaging people, that is, you know, one of the beautiful things that michelle obama did was say let's move in our garden. let's grow our own food. you can use food stamps to buy seeds to grow food in your garden. it's an amazing educational opportunity to encourage kids to try new foods. there's an age when kids don't want to eat anything that's not white and fried. if they have grown that food themselves and picked it themselves you have a new level of appreciation and opportunity to introduce healthy food. >> you tied it into crime reduction. if you know your neighbors, it reduces crime. there's a notion of health here that goes beyond whether or not you could be kate upton or jennifer lawrence. there's a question about the health of our communities as well as ourselves. john, are there actual policy initiatives that legislatively or legally we can start to move toward so they are not pie in the sky ideas or you should do better ideas, but we are reengineering the environment to be healthier? >> the business is powerful. there's not much of a counter balance. i mentioned change.org and the advocacy outlets. this is something i have dealt with 400 or 500 candidates. not one of them have i had to prepare for a nutrition question. >> wow. >> until they start getting asked, you are not going to see policy changes. >> crime questions, education but not nutrition questions. >> pe in schools. get kids moving again. >> we cut that so they could make the no child left behind standards. >> i will take the pastry plate out anytime. before we go to a break, i want to give you a quick update on a story of a courageous teen activist. in an attack that sparked global outrage, she was targeted in pakistan by taliban gunmen for speaking out in favor of education for pakistani girls. now, three months later, she's been discharged from a british hospital recovering in england. doctors plan to perform more surgery on her within the next month. we wish her well. up next, we dive into the vault not once but twice. which president began the era of helping the people and which one screwed it all up? 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[ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. multigrain cheerios >>> in 1996, president bill clinton with the help of newt gingrich signed into law the welfare reform act. it altered assistance so dramatically, he said he promised to end welfare as we know it. yes, he did. after he switched it from federal to state programs, welfare named no needy aid cut people just in the first six years of implementation. the welfare reform act gave states power to diminish cash aid to the neediest. among the worst offenders is georgia. according to slate magazine, fewer than 4,000 georgia gults receive tanf assistance even though their poverty rate is the sixth highest in the country. the assistance folks receive remained unchanged since 1996. it's a 30% drop in power. here to talk about what i think is a dire situation in georgia, the mayor of atlanta, kasim reed. all right, kasim, seriously, mayor, 4,000 people in the state? the goal is to move people from welfare to work but to move them from poverty to above the poverty line. >> i knew when i saw "midnight train to georgia" it was coming to me. we have to be candid. federal funding is down $124 million since 2009. >> yep. >> our state is a very conservative state as it relates to the legislature. >> yep. >> you have seen very strict enforcement. there are some hopeful signs about half of the matching dollars come from third parties in the private sector that's stepping up in a powerful way. the number i completely disagree with. i would be more inclined for us to be on the path we were on. we have to step up. when i became mayor, two-thirds of our recreation centers were closed. we reopened every one of them. now we are exploring how to feed our kids, how to provide food. rather than just being someone that complains about what's happening at the federal level, we are trying to find ways to fill that gap. i disagree with the path. but i'm in a very conservative state. >> yep. >> and the federal government since 2009 cut $124 million from the program. >> absolutely. i think this point, i'm a mayor in a locality that has a disproportionate share. you are in a state, not just conservative. when we started looking back behind this, we found, once again, alec, right? when we look at these numbers in georgia at state legislatures, 37 members of the house, 16 of the georgia state senate are embedded, have times with alec. this is the same group we talked about before around stand your ground policies that made headlines in 2012. karen, this feels to me, not accidental. it's part of the clinton trianglization we are talking about and the conservative legislatures making it tougher to bring people out of poverty. >> we saw this during the presidential campaign and the conversation about the changes that conservative governors asked for and they were attacking president obama on this. to say the stereotypes of people who rely on these programs have done a good job of demonizing. we tend to think of african-american and lazy and the statistics are flot the case at all. that, in a very conservative area, that plays quite well because then it's like you are getting tough on those lazy people instead of understanding that when you cut the programs, when, you know, perhaps there need to be changes in the programs to make sure people are able to -- like what is the path to get back to work? is it training or retraining services? when you oversimplify the message and make cuts and get tough, there are consequences to that. >> what is the message that starts moving? what we saw was '64, lbj declaring a war on poverty, then bill clinton coming in in '96. from that time on democrats have been there themselves. >> you have to remember, if you want to change, the people change the people. we have removed, with the exception of shows like yours and chris' shows, poor people as a part of the national conversation. i have been guilty of it. the president is guilty of it. it goes down the line. that's why this conversation is important. it's also a vital national example because our conservative friends want to do exactly what they did with that with medicare. >> yes. >> so, when you talk about something that's people talk about medicare and some abstract thing when folks are talking about granting it to the states. we have a precise example of what happens when you block a program that was doing real good for people. >> when they block granted it, states like georgia and others end upkeeping the money. they don't pass it on to the poor. they keep it and redivert it to other programs because it's coming as a grant. >> one thing you have to understand is why states are doing this. it's not just because they don't want to give money to poor people. they can take the block grant, this pot of money and use it on other things. this is exactly what they want to do with medicare. it's what republicans want to do with medicaid. they want to reduce spending on medicaid. they would love for the states to get their hands on it as a blog grant and take the money and use it for other stuff. >> medicaid is a great example. there's a brewing fight in red states over the obama care medicaid. this is going to be big. there's a lot of money. there's a potential of diverse coalition fighting for medicaid expansion. it's not just diverse on the left. it's kind of the tea party against the world. i think hospitals. this will have a big impact on hospitals if they don't accept the medicaid expansion. a lot of money is at stake. not to mention the faith based community and the left and labor. it's going to be interesting if there's not little miniwars on poverty in the next few months. >> the other piece that is surprising is the war on poverty at the state level gets shifted back to the war on poor. one of the things states are passing are the drug testing for it so if you are going to get limited benefits you have to pass drug tests. >> how about have your blood tested for lead levels. let's go back to what we were talking about earlier. access to make good choices about nutrition. if you are living where your children are exposed to lead. part of the problem, talking war on poverty is a war on the poor. what are the conditions contributing, the environmental factors and social factors contributing to keeping people in those conditions. >> they are living in envir environmentally high lead levels, not have sug nif cant access to foods and not significant jobs. one of the things we know about atlanta is it's been a city that's done better in the post industrial america than some other cities, right, as the south is rising again, in a certain way. having jobs makes a big difference to the crime and the other questions. >> what we are guilty of, all of us and what conversations like the kind we are having today is going to change. putting poor people in the center of our conversation. i say middle class 100 times a week. everybody talks about middle class. in thomasville recreational center, a center i reopened, the average income for a family is $19,000 a year. it's very real for those folks. the center across the street used to be cold. folks at the atlanta community food bank focus on poor people and live it. we can't become so disconnected because we are all really blessed. among progressives, this is an area i think we have walked away from but folks like you are calling us to. >> to have a conversation not only about the poor, but i think it's a real conviction here. with people who are, themselves living in poverty to make sure our tables like this one, we are not just talking about the poor and the conditions the poor live, but engaging in a real way for people living in poverty. thank you to everyone. we are going to have more of this. first, it's time for a preview of weekends with alex witt. >> great conversation. i'm glad you are having it. let's talk about this. president obama this. as president obama considers a broad gun control ban. do you think assault weapons should be completely banned? reverend jesse jackson does. we're going to talk to him about that. >>> the fallout for aid delay for hurricane sandy continues. >>> will the debt ceiling battle become a legacy trap for president obama? we've got a presidential historian weighing in on that. >>> in today's office politics, al roker shares what it's like to literally report from the middle of a hurricane. we have great video of him just being tumbled over doing that. it's pretty incredible, melissa. >> i've got to say, when the hurricanes came this year, i was very happy i am not that kind of tv personality. that is hard work. >> that is hard work for sure. >> thank you, alex. >>> up next, a chance to reflect and rejuvenate. it's the new year. >>> the face of the new year is an opportunity to look back even as we move forward. it is the west african concept of sancofa, return to get it. as we move into a second term of the obama administration, initiate the 113th congress, and anticipate the decisions of the next supreme court session, it is right to ask what we can learn from our past. 150 years ago, president lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation. it is an extraordinary, if imperfect, document. it is a reminder to our current administration that great leaders summon uncommon courage to do what is right even when the nation is deeply divided, perhaps most importantly when the nation is deeply divided. 50 years ago, the children of birmingham, alabama, took to the streets, allowed themselves to be led to jail, and turned the tide of the civil rights movement. their sacrifices dramatized the inhumanity of jim crow and gal vanized momentum for the march on washington. their strategy is echoed today by the dreamers, who inspired decisive executive action on behalf of themselves and their families and have placed immigration reform firmly at the top of the national agenda. 40 years ago, the supreme court's decision in roe v. wade established that am
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hundreds of guns handed over. >>> we're learning more about how the obama administration plans to curb the nation's gun violence. vice president joe biden is spearheading the group. it is considering proposals such as requiring universal background checks for gun buyers. tracking the movement and sale of weapons through a national database. strengthening mental health policies and increasing penalties for those giving firearms to children or carriage weapons near schools. once the proposals are set, biden will lead an aggressive public relations campaign to drum up support. a san francisco music venue is hosting a benefit for the sandy hook parent/teacher association. sandy hook students just recently went back to school in a new building and the p.t.a. wants to decorate it with paper snow flakes. bottom of the hill on 17th street in san francisco is holding a snow flake-making party and will send them all to connecticut. it will last from noon until 4 today. >>> people in oakland passionate about stopping gun violence took their message to the streets in a peace rally. >> what do
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unfair practices. the obama administration just in the last year has finally levied some stiff penalties in the whole solar area. but the fact is the horse is out of the barn on this issue several years ago. and it's hard to see whether or not that industry will ever recover from the damage done by those practices. >> host: henry in illinois e-mails in: i feel so disillusioned hearing what you have to say, and yet as a consumer i feel like america has experienced such great progress and prosperity since the 50es when i was born -- '50s when i was born. do you see america in decline, or do we continue to improve in spite of ourselves? are you optimist inabout america? >> guest: i'm decidedly pessimistic. one quick one, we haven't even touched, we didn't touch on any of the books. but if you do any reading, you can see this truck coming down the road, and that is robots. for so long robots did one thing, punched a hole or fastened a screw or something. now they do multiple tasks. and once that takes hold, this is going to result in the elimination of just untold jobs. and this yo
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jobs in the administration, fox news is learning that president obama will nominate former republican senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. the announcement expected tomorrow. that setting up a contentious hearing in the u.s. senate. under scrutiny for both sides of the aisle with his positions on israel and iran. more in the developing newscast. >> gregg: hello. i'm gregg jarrett. glad you are with us, welcome to a brand-new hour. >> jamie: i'm surprised. i'm jamie colby. great to have you here, too. topping the news this hour, brand-new battle on congressional leaders take to the airwaves with different ideas thousand solve the massive debt crisis. our political panel has fair and balanced debate ahead. >> gregg: caught on tape, a massive brawl involving 200 teenagers and rather unfortunate shoppers and salespeople caught in the middle. >> jamie: plus disgraced cyclist lance armstrong our legal panel weighs if the new reports are true that a public apology from armstrong are coming. >> gregg: new backlash on gun shows after the deaths of 20 children and
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senior administration official tells cnn just hours from now, president obama will name chuck hagel as the nominee to be the next defense secretary. he is a vietnam war hero and former nebraska republican senator known for his independent streak and willingness to buck his own party. that quality endeared him to democrats. it is also part of the reason his nomination is facing criticism from fellow republicans. two of them spoke out sunday on the sunday shows concerned about his past views on key issues, including israel. >> chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, that israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into israel, he was one of 12 senators that refused to sign a letter to the european union trying to designate hezbollah as a terrorist organization. >> chuck hagel's past statements and votes on iran and afghanistan are will g
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president biden and president obama are already talking about? >> you know, it's unclear. i mean you read "washington post" stories, and you listen to what the administration says, and so i think what we need to do is we need to take a look at what happened at sandy hook. when i was attorney general, i was tasked with a national task force on school violence. we made a number of recommendations which, in fact, were adopted at sandy hook to help keep schools safer. they weren't adequate. let's start addressing the problem, and to me one of the issues i think screams out of this is the issue of mental health and the care for the mentally ill in our country, especially the dangerously mentally ill. we need to have a broad discussion -- >> the white house is talking about that but are you willing to talk about gun control, as well? >> well, i think you need to put everything on the table, but what i hear from the administration and if "the washington post" is to be believed, that's way -- way in extreme of what i think is necessary or even should be talked about, and it's not going to pass. >
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this national tragedy that i think president obama has adequately described as broken all of our hearts, and in every funeral that has taken place, for those 20 innocent children and six innocent adults in the school districts, and school administrators, we obviously have shared in that very tragic event, all of us. it has touched everybody across this country. san francisco is no different. and i have shared that emotional experience with the supervisor and everybody here, in our law enforcement, and in our health department as well. the question for us, then, is what do we do about it? and not only can we share in this tragedy and signal our sympathies to the families as we've done, but we've got to do something more. and this is where i want to make sure i recognize all of the people that are in that effort of doing something about it, including the officials in san francisco. and some have been at this longer than others to try to do something about it, have reached limitations. yet again, i think this tragedy at sandy hook reminds us that we've got to keep trying and we've g
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leadership and waiting for president obama to back them up. without him getting this there and fighting and he had that opportunity but even though national security legislation is usually a one-way ratchet, the last administration overreached so far that he could have said, this is different. we have to go back. but the democrats aren't sticking their necks out on the if the president is a the this. >> and part of the fiscal cliff is, let's not do it to steps. >> the domestic side, let's cut it and let's not cut the defense despite the fact that if we had across the board cuts it would have taken the defense budget back to the level it was at 2006. >> people don't get just how much defense has grown in the last 10 or 12 years. and one of the questions that i have and could we throw the polling up, the support for keeping gitmo open and endorse the use of drones. 79% of democrats and 91% of republicans. >> 79% of democrats. and my question is here is. and i'm curious to hear your thoughts on this, the cause and effect. which is to say -- do people informing their public opinion
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